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Black Voters Stripped of Their Rights in Florida


The US Justice Department has started an inquiry over claims that thousands of black voters were not allowed to vote in Florida, a state run by the brother of George Bush. The Washington Post has backed up some of these claims with its own research.

The NAACP has said it will take a case to court with over 486 plaintiffs who claim they were intimidated or not allowed to vote through technicalities. Secretary of State Katherine Harris is one of the people at the center of the accusations.

Around 30% of the states black men are disenfranchised through a 19th century law that doesn't allow felons to vote. However thousands were wrongly put on this list, including one man who once quit his job in 1959 and is now classed as a criminal.

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